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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5750

Senator CHRIS EVANS (Leader of the Government in the Senate) (2:10 PM) —Mr President, on indulgence, I failed at the start of question time to advise the Senate of the absence of Senator Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate Change and Water, from question time, in accordance with the letter I sent to all leaders of the parties last week. Senator Wong is attending the pre-COP ministerial meeting in Warsaw and is engaged on those duties. Senator John Faulkner will be responsible for Climate Change and Water, and Environment, Heritage and the Arts; and Senator Ludwig will answer questions on Attorney-General, Home Affairs and the Status of Women. I apologise for forgetting to do this at the start of question time.